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Recovery: Hurricanes shake up golf tourney

Six weeks after Irma and months after Harvey, many golf courses are back in the swing of things with major tournaments continuing without disruption. Others are still doing the work required to get to greener pastures. One tournament moved from one hurricane-devastated area to another– one which was just a few weeks further in their recovery process.

An interesting swap occurred where one Hurricane Harvey recovery came just in time to save a USGA tournament struggling for a home post-Irma.

Quail Creek Country Club was set to host the first major tournament in Collier County– until Irma caused damage that left the tournament seeking a new site.

The 2017 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Collier County’s first USGA event was postponed from it’s initial dates this October. Despite hoping to keep the course on site, it was moved to Houston, Texas, not far from another area devastated by Hurricane Harvey just a few weeks prior.

Champions Golf Club in Houston is now set to host the event, Nov. 11 through Nov. 16., at the club’s Cypress Creek Course.

“Champions, the site of the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, has been an incredible friend of the USGA over the years,” said USGA President Diana M. Murphy in a statement on the USGA event website. “And it speaks volumes to the character of the members and leadership for them to offer their course – a three-time USGA championship venue, no less – on such short notice. We are confident this championship will be a success. We will keep all of those who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes in our utmost thoughts.”

Although it could be hard to see a Naples, Fla. course lose the chance to be a host due to hurricane damage, there was a silver lining that the recovery in Houston was bound to come to Naples– in time.

“Lucky for us, our course has rebounded exceptionally well from the more than 30 inches we sustained last month due to the storm [Harvey], and we feel it is our duty to give back to the golf community and an honor to welcome those who have been adversely affected by another hurricane to our home. We wish our friends in Florida a speedy and successful recovery,”said Robin Burke, vice president of the Champions Golf Club in Houston.

Sources:

Naples Daily News

USGA

Geoponics has several products to assist with turf recovery.

  • Soil surfactants can help move standing water.
  • Turfgrass colorants get grass natural, gorgeous green that is TV-ready and tournament ready with Endurant.
  • Mulch dyes, including from Endurant turf colorants, and pond colorants, such as Aquaveil, assist with efficient course color in addition to turfgrass colorant needs.
  • More from Geoponics.
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POA Annua: Yesterday and today

In case you missed it, here are scenes from the POA Annua Golf Classic & G.C. Horn Memorial Tournament held at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

We have also mixed in some history shared by the Everglades Golf Course Superintendents Association of America as the event celebrates more than 40 years of participation.

The 2017 POA Annua, presented by the Everglades GCSA, was held Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20.

Poa Annua golf tourney
Scenes from Poa Annua Golf Classic 2017 at Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club presented by the Everglades GCSA in combination with the GC Horn Memorial Tournament benefiting turfgrass research at University of Florida. Featuring Endurant turf colorants for event-ready turf all year long using less water, less fertilizer and fewer chemicals.

 

 

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Golf course gets green during drought using Endurant

No water, no problem.

Golf course gets its green back during drought using Endurant turf colorant

Endurant turf colorants turn brown golf course to green
Bentley Village golf course goes from brown to green using Endurant turf colorant after winter drought drains irrigation lakes.

Southwest Florida visitors don’t expect to see brown golf courses. Nonetheless, that’s what many people are seeing at several courses in the area this February as the area suffers a winter drought.

Some golf courses, however, are beating the drought using Endurant turf colorants.

The superintendent of an 18-hole golf course within Bentley Village, a community located within North Naples, found a solution to their lack of water. The golf course irrigation is sourced from the community’s own lakes, but due to an intensively dry winter, the lakes ran out of water. The community had just enough water to maintain the greens, but the rest of the golf course was brown and dry.

“We operate out of our own self-contained lakes, and once they’re out, we’re out,” said Bentley Village Golf Course Superintendent Anthony Labno.

Despite the weather conditions, members weren’t letting Labno off the hook. They wanted green grass.

“They kept wondering what I could do. I explained I need three things to grow green grass: sunlight, water, and food. Without any one of those, there isn’t much I can do,” he said.

Soon, he discovered Endurant turf colorants.

“I don’t like having to mask things. But we needed to do something to get the course in much better looking condition,” said Labno.

Geoponics helped Labno pick a shade of green to best match the paspalum turf. Endurant Premium added the best shade to match the areas of healthy grass that still existed on the course.

“People outside the industry often don’t understand. They want it to be green. But ideally, we want playable, tournament quality turf,” said Labno.

Now, Bentley Village has the best of both worlds.

“I’ve got a dry course that plays well, it’s quick, it’s fast, and, I got green. I think it looks great. I like the color of it,” said Labno.

Member guests arrived on a rainy Wednesday, two days after applying Endurant turf colorant. Members agreed, the golf course looked impressive.

The one day of morning rain wasn’t of much help yet, but it didn’t hurt the turf either.

“We got over an inch of rain today, but I doubt it’s enough to get the lakes up and running yet. We got to see how Endurant holds up to rain,” said Labno.

Since Endurant is not merely a temporary dye, but rather a lasting colorant that adheres to turfgrass, the rain had no effect on the color and durability.

“I would definitely recommend Endurant. If you’re in a situation where you need to get some color quickly— whether it’s dormant or to cover up from frost or in my situation where there’s no water— Endurant provides a great solution to get some color,” said Labno.

 

Learn more about Endurant at www.TurfPaint.net or order here.

 

 

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Q&A: Golf & landscape manager shares mulch colorant success

Mulch colorants keep high visibility areas vibrant without over-working & over-mulching

Tim Cameron, golf course and landscape superintendent of Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers shares his experience using Endurant mulch colorants in this brief Q&A with Geoponics Corp.

Endurant mulch colorant saves money and keeps gorgeous curb appeal for members at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club in Southwest Florida.
Tim Cameron, golf & landscape manager at Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers, shares why he chooses Endurant mulch colorants for high visibility areas & how he saves labor & tons of mulch.

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Endurant turf colorant greens Envirotron golf classic

Endurant greened up the tee boxes at Envirotron, a Florida golf tournament committed to a greener, sustainable turfgrass industry. Endurant is the perfect choice for a tournament that funds and promotes sustainability in turfgrass industries.

Endurant PR at Envirotron Golf Classic in Florida promoting green, sustainable turfgrass
The Envirotron Golf Class promotes sustainable, green turfgrass. Endurant turf colorants is a perfect fit, long providing golf course superintendents and other turfgrass professionals with an alternative to over-seeding, over-watering and over-fertilizing.

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County parks go green with Endurant grass colorant

Growing green grass is a walk in the park with Endurant grass paints.

Located in Southwest Florida, Collier County Parks and Recreation recently applied Endurant to ballparks and street medians.

Medians get a makeover in the coastal community of Collier County where worldwide visitors to Naples expect beautiful streets and views.
Medians get a makeover in the coastal community of Collier County where worldwide visitors to the Naples area expect beautiful streets and views.

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